An armed band of Rohingya militants killed as much as 99 Hindus in a single day of carnage in Myanmar‘s Rakhine state, in accordance with an Amnesty Worldwide investigation.
The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Military (ARSA), an rebel group that the Myanmar authorities blames for sparking the violence that led to the mass exodus of Rohingya into neighbouring Bangladesh, is blamed for the mass slaughter.
The purported killings happened in two separate incidents on August 25, 2017, the identical day that ARSA killed 12 members of Myanmar’s safety forces in a coordinated assault on 30 police posts.
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Within the first incident, ARSA militants allegedly robbed, sure and blindfolded Hindu villagers within the northern Maungdaw Township earlier than killing 53 of them. Eight ladies and kids had been spared below the situation that they convert to Islam.
An 18-year-old girl who survived the assault instructed Amnesty Worldwide that the attackers had been armed with knives and iron rods, and that her father, brother and uncle had been all killed. One other girl mentioned she noticed the militants slit the throats of ladies and kids.
Forty-six Hindus disappeared from a neighbouring village the identical day, and are believed to have been killed by the identical band of ARSA militants, bringing the mixed demise toll to 99.
The report comes lower than every week after Myanmar’s everlasting consultant on the United Nations criticized Western nations and the media for pushing what he labelled “Muslim victimhood narratives,” and ignoring ARSA’s killings of border guards and Hindu, Buddhist and different minority teams.
Amnesty Worldwide says the slaughter of villagers underscores the incontrovertible fact that gross human rights violations are being perpetrated by each the Rohingya militants and the Myanmar authorities.
“ARSA’s appalling assaults had been adopted by the Myanmar navy’s ethnic cleaning marketing campaign in opposition to the Rohingya inhabitants as an entire. Each have to be condemned – human rights violations or abuses by one facet by no means justify abuses or violations by the opposite,” mentioned Amnesty Worldwide disaster response director Tirana Hassan.
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The Myanmar authorities’s response to the August 25 assaults has extensively been condemned as disproportionate.
Some 6,700 Rohingya had been killed by safety forces in simply the primary month following the assaults on border guards and villagers, in accordance with worldwide help group Médecins Sans Frontières.
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ARSA was fashioned in 2012 in response to a long time of systematic and institutionalized discrimination in opposition to the mostly-Muslim Rohingya individuals of Rakhine state, in accordance with the Belgium-based Worldwide Disaster Group (ICG).
The group is believed to have been based by Ata Ullah, a Rohingya who was born to refugees in Pakistan and moved to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the place he acquired an Islamic training.
ICG says ARSA’s operations are managed by some 20 Saudi-based Rohingyas, together with Ata Ullah.
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